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A little under a year ago in December 2020, Sol Bamba was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and the prospect of his own personal fight against cancer in the early part of 2021. Having been through an extraordinary journey, he catches up with Mark Clemmit about life at the Riverside with new club Middlesbrough, who Clem has more than a little soft…
 
Two managers this week in two very different situations. Michael O’Neill’s Stoke City sit 5th in The Championship after an impressive start, and have surely got the playoffs in their sights as they look to keep pace with the pack. Elsewhere, the EFL’s bottom club Scunthorpe United remain rooted to the foot of Skybet League Two, but have a new man a…
 
It's a jam packed edition of the official EFL podcast this week as Mark Clemmit welcomes 3 guests onto his virtual sofa! Mark Robins joins him to talk about his Coventry side's impressive form of late, we learn about a new programme set to improve the fitness of fans, and Clem has a fascinating catch up with Glenn Murray, 6 months after hanging up …
 
This week Neil Warnock took charge of his 1602nd match as a manager, breaking an all time record held by Dario Gradi. It’s a remarkable achievement from one of the great characters of the game, and Mark Clemmit is joined by Michael Brown who knows Warnock only too well, having played for him at Sheffield United and Leeds United, and former referee …
 
Scott Parker agrees that Bournemouth seem a perfect fit for him, but he’s cautious about getting carried away, as he sits down and explains his thinking to Mark Clemmit. His table topping Bournemouth side will have tough tests throughout the season, he has no doubts, but for now they’re flying high and he’s enjoying his time on the south coast. Fur…
 
To celebrate Black History Month, Mark Clemmit sits down for a one on one chat with one of the greatest players in the history of English football, and a legend for club and country. As the first black footballer to appear in a full international for England in 1978, Viv Anderson's life and career is a remarkable one, which Clem is privileged enoug…
 
As we shine a light on this week’s ‘world mental health day’, Mark Clemmit is joined by two men who have played football at the highest level, but have also suffered years of struggle and torment dealing with their own mental health issues. Darren Eadie and Chris Kirkland bravely discuss all they have been through, and offer advice to those who hav…
 
As we find ourselves in the second International break of the season, it would seem a perfect time to get away from the weekly ups and downs of results and league table positions, and focus on the men who sit in the hot seat at 3 of our EFL clubs, in each of the 3 Skybet league divisions. On the panel this week are Swansea City's head coach Russell…
 
One of the biggest names in the game, Charlie Austin joins Mark Clemmit to talk about his life and career, what he’s learnt along the way, and what he can bring back with him to QPR, the club that just seems to be a perfect fit, time and time again. Elsewhere, this weekend sees the only fixture that will ever put Paul Cook and John Coleman’s lifelo…
 
It must be very odd for a lad from Stoke on Trent to be suddenly representing your mum’s home nation of Chile, especially when you don’t speak Spanish, but that’s exactly what’s happened to Blackburn Rovers Ben Brereton Diaz in the last 12 months, who recently lined up against the likes of Messi and Neymar in the Copa America! A little closer to ho…
 
Billy Sharp is Sheffield United through and through, and in his third spell with his boyhood club, the 35 year old goalscoring captain shows no sign of stopping any time soon, and is targeting another impressive haul this season and hopefully a new contract with the blades. Elsewhere, Clem catches up with Ian Evatt, who’s had a short but very impre…
 
He spent 12 years at Vicarage Road, which is enough to cement and secure a very special place in Troy Deeney’s heart, but when his boyhood club came knocking, at the age of 33 he couldn’t possibly turn them down. Arguably the biggest story of the recent EFL transfer window, Mark Clemmit catches up with his old mate, to find out what it feels like t…
 
Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Covolan joined Port Vale this summer at the age of 30, after a 15 year journey through the lower leagues in his homeland, in Spain and in this country where his heroics for Torquay United in their playoff final in June, secured him a move away to Vale Park and a chance to play league football under Darrell Clarke. His is …
 
This week Clem caught up with Cardiff City manager Mick McCarthy to chat about his legendary career over pie & mash and as Sutton United prepare for their first ever league game, we caught up with their manager, Matt Gray to find out a bit more about the league's newcomers.By The Official EFL Podcast
 
When we think of owners of football clubs, we don’t normally have an image of them with a Flying V electric guitar in hand rocking out in front of a full house, but that’s exactly what Charlton Athletic’s Danish owner Thomas Sandgaard was doing last weekend, ahead of their home game against Sheffield Wednesday at The Valley! He’s certainly one of t…
 
This week, Mark Clemmit is joined by a bumper crop of guests representing all 3 divisions in the EFL. A very calm, focused and pragmatic Nathan Jones, explains his long term plans for Luton Town. Hartlepool United are back in the football league and manager Dave Challinor talks to Clem about life at The Victoria Ground, while battling one of the wo…
 
It’s the first day back for Mark Clemmit as he looks forward to a brand new season in the EFL. It’s been quite a year for many people, including Shrewsbury boss Steve Cotterill, who spent a large part of last season in hospital fighting Covid, and considers himself lucky to be on the road to recovery now thanks to the treatment he received from the…
 
In the final episode of this four-part mini-series looking at the inner workings and functions of The EFL, Mark Clemmit chats to the EFL’s Legal and Governance Director Nick Craig, who explains all the things we never knew about ownership criteria, the rules and regulations designed to create, maintain and protect fair competition, and the EFL’s ov…
 
In the third episode of this four-part mini-series looking at the inner workings and functions of The EFL, Mark Clemmit chats to EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch to reflect on the challenges faced by EFL Clubs over the past 16 months and to understand more about the EFL’s proposals for financial reform to provide sustainability for Clubs, who are t…
 
In the second episode of this four-part mini-series looking at the inner workings and functions of The EFL, Mark Clemmit chats to Ben Wright, Chief Commercial Officer and Paul Snellgrove, Competitions Manager to learn more about how EFL fixtures are compiled and how that process links to the EFL’s broadcast and streaming arrangements following a ye…
 
In the first episode of this four-part mini-series looking at the inner workings and functions of The EFL, Mark Clemmit chats to Dave Wetherall, Head of Youth Development and Alex Richards, Head of Safeguarding to learn more about how the system works, and the responsibility that the EFL has to educate, protect and nurture the next generation of fo…
 
t’s the final episode of the official EFL podcast for the 2020/2021 season, and we thought we had to end with a best of! Now that everything has been concluded and the close season is upon us, Mark Clemmit takes a fond look back at some of the best interviews that we’ve been lucky enough to share with you over the last 9 months, so sit back, relax …
 
Who better to join Mark Clemmit and cast an expert eye over this extraordinary season, than the former Wimbledon, West Ham, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Watford, Reading, Stevenage and Leyton Orient legend that is Jobi McAnuff! Jobi recently announced his retirement from professional football, and now looks forward to spending more time with his w…
 
Sometimes you don’t need to over complicate things. Simple ingredients and a simple recipe often create the best results, and that’s very much the case with this week’s official EFL podcast. 3 playoff finals, expertly previewed by 2 men in just under 1 hour. Like steak and chips or bread and butter, the joy is in its simplicity and youwon't find a …
 
With next week being our big preview of the playoff finals, Mark Clemmit this week sits down to have a frank and honest chat with 3 inspirational gentlemen representing each of the 3 divisions within the EFL. Exiting the championship with nothing but pride in himself and his players is Wycombe Wanderers extraordinary coach Gareth Ainsworth. Erik Sa…
 
It’s been a season that none of us will ever forget and in the most challenging of circumstances, football in this country has pulled together and the achievements of the 72 EFL league clubs both on and off the pitch has been extraordinary. One of our regular pod pundits this season, Curtis Davies discusses all the key points with Mark Clemmit as t…
 
This weekend 40 year old James Coppinger will hang up his boots after more than 20 years as a professional footballer, and call time on a glittering playing career that has seen him make more than 600 appearances for Doncaster Rovers! As he sits down with Mark Clemmit to reflect on his long life in the game and look forward to the final weekend, we…
 
Two men from two divisions with two very expressive forms of celebration. Hull City’s influential midfielder George Honeyman looked every inch the rockstar last weekend, as he celebrated his side’s promotion back to the Skybet Championship with a performance of ‘I Want To Break Free’ that even Freddie Mercury would’ve been proud of. Elsewhere Chelt…
 
He started and ended his career at Carrow Road, and few people are better qualified to talk about Norwich City and their spectacular achievements this season, than premier league goalscoring legend, Dion Dublin. Owen Coyle, back from the Indian Super League on a sabbatical joins Clem to talk about all the news this week, and there’s been a lot for …
 
Wednesday the 14th April saw the EFL host its fifth annual day of action, an initiative that sees all 72 clubs in the Skybet Championship, League 1 and League 2, pull together to help those in their local community that need it the most. From stocking foodbanks, to creating social hubs to help tackle loneliness and depression, the scale of fundrais…
 
It’s what’s known as the business end of the season, and Mark Clemmit is joined this week by two men who hail from the North East, but are both plying their trade in the south at opposite ends of the EFL pyramid. Jonathan Woodgate is the manager of AFC Bournemouth until the end of the season and his side are on a fantastic run of form, eyeing a ret…
 
It’s the 3 wise men on this week’s official EFL Podcast. Well 4 I suppose if you count Clem, who’s joined by one of the EFL’s most formidable former marksmen Robbie Earnshaw, to cast his expert eye on all the week’s news in the Skybet Championship, League One and League Two. CEO of the EFL Trust Mike Evans is here to talk about next week’s annual E…
 
History will be made on Easter Monday, as Rebecca Welch from Washington, Tyne and Wear becomes the first female referee to be appointed by the EFL. Her debut sees her taking charge of Port Vale’s visit to Harrogate Town in Skybet League 2, which she explains to Mark Clemmit will be a huge milestone in her already impressive career. Clem also links …
 
This week it’s all about the biggest star in the EFL, as Mark Clemmit sits down for a fascinating chat with Brentford’s goal scoring talisman Ivan Toney, as he takes a much needed breather in the international break. With the opportunity of a bit of time off, he’s able to reflect on an incredible season so far in the Sky Bet Championship, and look …
 
A busy week of managerial comings and goings in the EFL, and the heated battles at the top and bottom of all 3 divisions intensifies. The brilliant Curtis Davies joins Mark Clemmit to give his expert view on all of the above, and we enjoy a frank and honest assessment of life in league 2, with the longest serving manager in English football, Harrog…
 
At 16 years and 274 days James Vaughan smashed the record for the premier league’s youngest ever goalscorer, a title he still proudly holds to this day, and 16 years and 13 clubs later he should have been continuing his goalscoring habit at Wembley this Sunday, against one of his former employers Sunderland in the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final. How…
 
Two brilliantly candid interviews this week which Mark Clemmit does so well. First up, Lincoln City’s Michael Appleton on the learning journey at Sincil Bank and his side’s continuing push for promotion. Then a man who’s scoring goals for fun, a stone’s throw away from where Appleton grew up. Last summer, Ian Henderson made the short move from Roch…
 
At the risk of overdelivering, this week Mark Clemmit gives you not one, not two, but 3 cracking interviews, to prove once again that this is the best EFL Podcast by a country mile! Rotherham manager Paul Warne, gives us a brilliantly candid insight into the 24/7 pressure of football management, 34 year old Cameron Jerome is still scoring week in, …
 
It’s a busy one this week as Mark Clemmit welcomes Preston North End’s veteran midfielder Paul Gallagher in for a brew and a blather. England’s only openly gay professional match official Ryan Atkin, talks about the challenge ahead to try and eradicate discrimination of any type from our national game, as we celebrate LGBT+ History Month, and last …
 
Watford’s Ben Foster is an effervescent burst of energy, as he tells Mark Clemmit all about his YouTube show which has now amassed more than 400,000 followers in just a few months. Clem also sits down with Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell. The forensic scientist is known for his passionate displays on the touchline, but one on one in the studio…
 
Another big episode this week, as Mark Clemmit delivers 3 big hitters for your podcasting pleasure. At 37 years old and having endured a frustrating time on loan at Watford recently, Glenn Murray made a transfer deadline day switch to Nottingham Forest to link up with his old Brighton boss Chris Hughton, and is relishing another new challenge in a …
 
Yes it’s a ‘Ben’ special this week, as we give you two of the finest from either end of the EFL spectrum, in the form of Gibson of Norwich City and Tozer of Cheltenham Town. What they both have on common other than their first names, is a sheer determination and strength of character to push through the tough times and emerge on the other side, in …
 
Mark Clemmit is blessed with an all-star list of guests to discuss the big stories in the EFL this week. Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray reflects on nearly 4 years in charge at Ewood Park, Ipswich Town’s Stephen Ward has a no nonsense approach to goal celebrations and the no hugs protocol, and Nigel Clough explains Mansfield Town’s impressive form a…
 
It’s a packed show this week, as Mark Clemmit catches up with Reading’s Michael Morrison on what has been a topsy turvy season so far. New EFL chief executive Trevor Birch talks about the rigorous measures being employed by all 72 EFL clubs to try and stop the spread of covid 19 and in happier news, what a week for Crawley Town’s Nick Tsaroulla! A …
 
First one of the new year and Mark Clemmit sits down to enjoy the company of Swansea City’s in form striker Jamal Lowe, who’s story is an inspirational one. He was working as a PE teacher and playing non league football only a few years ago, but had unfinished business with the professional game and wanted to give it a shot. His decision has certai…
 
As we look ahead to a new year that we hope will be a little less challenging, Mark Clemmit takes a chance to listen back to some of the best interviews from the past 4 months as we approach the half way point in the season. We’re talking about the likes of Neil Warnock, Harry Kewell, Mark Crossley, Luther Blissett, Gareth Ainsworth and Chris Kamar…
 
There’s not many people who are more fanatical and knowledgeable about all 3 divisions of the EFL, than former Lincoln City and Huddersfield Town management team Danny and Nicky Cowley. Throw Clem into the mix to direct proceedings and you’ve got your 3 wise men, giving their expert opinion on this week’s latest news, the Boxing day fixture list an…
 
Launched today and in conjunction with the EFL’s charity partner MIND, ‘Team Talk’ aims to tackle the negative effects that isolation and loneliness are having on our mental health during lockdown, and one man who knows all about that is Aston Villa legend Lee Hendrie who talks exclusively about his own personal struggles. Michael O’Neill sits down…
 
Tis the season to be jolly careful, but not when it comes to music because Kammy’s got a new Christmas album out, and he’s here to give his Boro buddy Mark Clemmit a sneak preview! In fact, vocal talent and festive crackers set the theme for this week’s episode, as the official EFL podcast welcomes not just one, but two great singers into its sound…
 
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